Monaco Formula 1 Prize: Son of Principality Leclerc leads the second free trials
Charles Leclerc advanced from last place to first at home in the second free trials of the Monaco Grand Prix in the Formula One World Championship to lead Ferrari to the first two places on Thursday. The 23-year-old driver, who was born and raised in the Mediterranean emirate, achieved the fastest lap time of 1 minute 11,684 seconds in the second free trial round. Leclerc managed only four laps in the morning trials before dropping off due to a problem with the car and dropping back into the standings. His Spanish teammate, Carlos Sainz, came second, 0.112 seconds behind him, while Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion and Mercedes driver, came third after the Formula One races returned to Monaco after a two-year absence due to Covid-19. This is the first time that Ferrari has led the trials since Sebastian Vettel, the current Aston Martin driver, took the lead in Hungary in July of last year. Mexico’s Sergio Perez was the fastest driver in the opening round of trials, the first time he had occupied the lead since joining the team this year. The famous and distinguished Monaco race was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is now held with 40 percent of the capacity of its stands, with 7,500 fans allowed daily. Usually the first two rounds of testing in Monaco are held on Thursday, unlike the other races, while Friday is a day of rest for all.